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- Michael A Jones pleaded guilty Friday to one count of first-degree murder
- His son’s remains were found in November 2015 on rural property in Piper
- Sentencing for Jones will be May 3, where he faces life imprisonment
- His wife Heather Jones pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder
A Kansas man pleaded guilty Friday to beating his seven-year-old son to death and feeding his remains to pigs.
Michael A Jones, 46, of Piper, outside of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder in the death of his son Adrian Jones.
The boy’s remains were found in November 2015 near a barn on the rural property in Piper, where Jones lived with his wife Heather and eight children ranging in ages from one to 11.
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Michael A Jones, 46 (pictured), pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder in the death of his son Adrian Jones
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Police say that Adrian Jones (above) was murdered by his parents, Michael and Heather Jones, then fed to pigs on rural property in Piper, Kansas
The other children reportedly lived in deplorable conditions. They were also home Schooled according to the Kansas City Star.
‘Their house was horrible,’ one woman who asked for anonymity told WSFA. ‘Their house was just filthy. The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.’
Dead mice, cages full of rats, syringes, rat poison and pornographic videos are just some of the things that were found inside the home.
Property owner Jennifer Hoevers, who rented the home to Michael and Heather, said she was shocked and disgusted when she went inside the property for the first time since they’d been jailed.
‘It took my breath away,’ she told Fox 4.
‘Fast food wrappers everywhere. There’s milk, rotting food everywhere.’
Hoevers said Michael and Heather Jones were ‘polite and respectful’ and showed interest in eventually buying the rural Kansas City home when they began renting more than two years ago.
Heather Jones (pictured), Adrian’s 31-year-old stepmother, pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder and child abuse
Police responded to a domestic violence call to the Jones’s residence (pictured) on November 25, 2015, after Jones allegedly shot his wife
But now the $500,000 residence that Hoevers and her husband, who is currently deployed, put their entire life savings into has been trashed.
‘We had a lot of hopes and dreams for it,’ she said. ‘We wanted someone else to enjoy it. We saw that they had kids.’
‘Having little kids myself, I don’t know how anybody could allow their kids to live like this.’
Adrian’s maternal grandmother, Judy Conway, told the Kansas City Star on Friday that she felt ‘relieved’ to hear about Jones’s guilty plea.
‘It makes me pretty happy,’ said Conway. ‘I’m relieved that he (Jones) and Heather (Jones) will hopefully be behind bars for the rest of their life. It won’t bring Adrian back, of course, but it makes me feel really good that neither one can hurt another child again.’
Property owner Jennifer Hoevers, who rented the home to Michael and Heather, said she was shocked and disgusted when she went inside the property (pictured) for the first time since they’d been jailed
Hoevers said there were fast food wrappers and rotting food everywhere (pictured), and black mold growing all over
The Jones family reportedly lived in deplorable conditions
Michael Williams, Heather Jones’s brother, alleged that Michael had abused his wife and the children in the home for years
She said there were dead mice in every corner and cages of rats strewn about the house
Syringes (pictured) and pornographic videos were also strewn about the house
Heather Jones, Adrian’s stepmother, pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder and child abuse.
The 31-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole in 25 years. She was also sentenced to an additional five years and eight months after pleading guilty to two counts of child abuse.
Sentencing for Michael Jones will be May 3, reports the Kansas City Star. He faces life imprisonment with the possibility of parole in 25 years.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerry Gorman said this was “one of the worst things” investigators had ever seen.
Heather Jones bought the pigs in September 2015, around the same time authorities think the child may have been killed.
A police source reportedly told the outlet that authorities feared that the boy’s remains may have been fed to the swine, according to KPTV.
Police responded to a domestic violence call to the home on November 25, 2015, after Jones allegedly shot his wife.
Hoevers (pictured) and her husband put their entire life savings into the $500,000 house
Hoevers said Michael and Heather Jones were ‘polite and respectful’ and showed interest in eventually buying the rural Kansas City home when they began renting it a year and a half ago
Heather Jones’ father, Jeff Coon, said his daughter called him on Thanksgiving and told him Michael had killed the little boy and it would be ‘all over the news’.
‘He fed him to the pigs, is all she said,’ he told the Kansas City Star. ‘She just told me it was going to be all over the news, and that’s the last time we talked.’
Coon only learned days later that his daughter had been telling the truth.
‘I don’t know if I didn’t want to believe her,’ he said. ‘She was just calm, just like we’re talking now. That’s why I never gave it another thought.’
Because of his estrangement with his daughter, Coon had not seen Adrian for two years.
‘I just don’t understand what that little boy had done to get what he got. There’s no reason for it,’ he said of the young boy’s death.
The babysitters for the family claimed that multiple people contacted the Kansas Department For Children and Families with concerns about the children and their living conditions at the home (pictured)
The babysitters for the family claimed that multiple people contacted the Kansas Department For Children and Families with concerns about the children and their living conditions.
It’s unclear if anything was done.
Michael Williams, Heather Jones’s brother, alleged that Michael had abused his wife and the children in the home for years.
‘There are bullet holes in the walls of that house,’ he told NBC News. ‘So I’m sure you can understand what terror may have been going through that household daily.’